re: Tell Me Again: Why Rush Into Windows 8?
People keep comparing Windows 8 to Windows Vista, and while this comparison may be apt in some respects, it's not a complete picture. I think the more relevant comparison is the transition to Windows from DOS. Few people working in the DOS environment would argue that using a mouse in Windows improved productivity over DOS. Key strokes in Lotus or Excel, even word, were super-fast - so much so that they still exist in the software today. BUT there would be very few people who would argue that DOS was a better platform. Frankly, touch is the future, and already I see advantages even in MS Office - I imagine this just adds a third dimension to our ability to interact with Office, keyboard, mouse, now touch. Frankly, I expect people who leverage all three will be most productive. Is it easier to grab your mouse, then point and click to just change from one spreadsheet to another? Or can this be done more expeditiously just touching the screen. I expect the latter will prove far more efficient, and as we use the platform more, and yes, as it evolves, it will be the best, most efficient office yet. The reason to adopt now? Well, for starters to be ahead of the curve, have your organization learn the basics before they become complicated by eye scrolling, voice recognition, gesture control...you get the idea.
(I should disclose, I am NOT a Windows 8 adopter, but I've played around with it quite a bit and am a huge fan - I'm just not at that point in my PC replacement cycle.)
Finally, expect MS to make a huge push to expand the touch capabilities of Office with their O14 release. I haven't heard this from them, but it is only logical - can you imagine powerpoint optimized for touch? I can, and it makes me very happy....